Terminal Lance Ultimate Omnibus

Maximilian Uriarte. Little, Brown, $30 (320p) ISBN 978-0-316-41224-7
In this hefty and frequently hilarious compilation of strips about “the often absurd experience” of being a U.S. Marine, Uriarte (The White Donkey) satirizes everything from the endlessly proliferating and sadistically enforced dress code rules to the fury of “Angry Facebook Veterans” bemoaning gays and women in today’s corps. Uriarte, who created the strip in 2010 after multiple deployments to Iraq and currently publishes it in The Marine Corps Times, aims his humor squarely at his fellow Marines. The acronym-dense three-panel strips are peppered with politically incorrect barracks humor, swearing, and references that will send most POGs (“person other than grunt”) to Google. Sidebar commentary and a character glossary from Uriarte provide context. A winking self-awareness and compassion for the daily drudgery of the grunt’s life makes this collection more than a mere peek into a troop’s insider experience—he’s poised to become a Bill Mauldin for the social media generation. Agent: Katherine Boyle, Veritas Literary Agency (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 01/22/2018
Release date: 04/24/2018
Genre: Comics
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